College Freshmen: Is the religious tide changing?

This excerpt is from a news story about college freshmen and their religious standards — or lack thereof. Find the link at the bottom of the post.

“America’s Class of 2018 cares less about religious identity than any other group of college freshman in the last 40 years, newly released research shows.

An annual survey of college freshman found that students across the U.S. are continuing to distance themselves from religion in record numbers. “The American Freshman” study —which also tracks new students’ political leanings and attitudes, as well as their alcohol and tobacco use—shows that nearly 28 percent of those who began college in the fall of 2014 say they do not identify with any particular faith, bringing religious affiliation on campus to an all-time low.

In 1971, the first year that UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute published its survey, 16 percent of freshmen said they did not subscribe to a particular religion. This year’s study included responses from 153,000 freshman at 227 schools nationwide.”

The Line Between Guilt and Morality

  • I was flipping channels yesterday and happened to land on MTV True Life — shit I used to watch in high school for fun, ya know. It was about being addicted to exercise. One female was a recovering alcoholic and skipped AA meetings because she worked out for 5 hours per day, while another guy spent like 7 hours a day and then went to a psychiatrist to figure out why he couldn’t stop and the psychiatrist said it’s a catch-22 because two things can happen: 1. you can stop working out and fuel depression; or 2. you can develop other hobbies on the side to limit the guilt.

    And I said aloud, that’s me! When I miss a workout when I shouldn’t have, I feel this big feeling of guilt. Like I’m treating my body like an asshole and sometimes the feeling is so overpowering, like if I put half of that effort into other things (writing, chores, general daily adult duties, etc) then I would probably be quite successful and, more importantly, happier on multiple levels.

    It’s not even really about exercise; that’s just my crutch. It’s about being true to yourself and not getting so down that you can’t get back up, finding that middle ground between fun and work and success and failure. If you don’t try, then you fail.